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2014


 
Cy M. Bridges
Polynesian Cultural Center

Educated at Church College of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii, he taught hula for the Hawaii State Foundation on Hawaiian Heritage for ten years and began the Polynesian Cultural Center's hula halau in 1980, continuing today as the Center's Theater Director. He has lectured for the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center, Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club, the Waianae Coast Cultural Society, and the 1994 Mo`oku`auhau Hawaiian Leadership Conference. In 1992 he was the first recipient of the Nipolo Award from Na Leo Mele: The Chanter's Art Foundation, in recognition of his traditional chant performances. He has judged at the Merrie Monarch Festival, and is a respected source for hula, chant and history.

 As president of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Cy Bridges demonstrates a commitment to ensure that the Hawaiian culture is properly presented in the visitor industry, and that the rich and unique Hawaiian values of hospitality are demonstrated at all levels. His expertise in hula and Hawaiian culture is well-respected, and he is consulted by many young kumu hula of the day.

 
T. Kaleika`apuni “Harmony” Brighter
Halau Hula Ho`ohenoikaualililehua

The hula lineage and traditions of Kaleika`apuni "Harmony" Brighter stem from Kawena Pukui and Manuel Silva by way of Rose Maunakea Lane (her maternal aunt), Annie Punohu (grand aunt), Kimo Alama Keaulana and Kanani Brighter.  Harmony received `uniki rites from hula master Kimo Alama Keaulana in the hula `olapa, hula ala`apapa, and hula pahu. She has been a kumu hula for 25 years, as well as a featured performer, performance designer and workshop presenter. Her students are in both Hawai`i and Japan, where she maintains an award-winning halau. 
 
Harmony will teach hula `auana, with the emphasis on the use of hands and eyes to convey meaning in your hula.  Harmony is one of Hawai`i's most graceful and expressive dancers, and she will show you how you can achieve the same ability to communicate the deeper meanings of the mele to which you dance.  Her popular workshop is an enjoyable way to fine-tune your dancing and make it truly Hawaiian.
 
 
Charlene Kalae Campbell
Ti-Leaf Skirt Maker
 
Charleen Kalae Campbell’s mother, Beatrice Leilani Maka`ipo Nakamura, started the Kodak Hula Show in 1955. Aunty Leilani had danced with famed Bill Aliiloa Lincoln. Every week at Kodak, she made the ti leaf skirts (pa`u la`i) for herself and the other dancers. The Kodak Hula Show was performed often, with lively dance numbers in the hot sun -- it was vital that the fresh skirts be well-made. 
 
At age 4, Kalae helped sort and clean leaves, then learned to make the skirts. In 1973, she became a show dancer, joining her sister and mother. When the show ended in 2002, Kalae had been a musician, singer, hula dancer, narrator, chanter, hula supervisor, comic hula dancer, and even Tahitian drummer!
 
As a child, her mother taught her hula, followed by a respected group: Nona Beamer at Kamehameha Schools; Henry Pa, Leilani Sharpe-Mendez, and Darrell Lupenui. Of them all, only her mother remains alive, but the hula of each teacher lives on in Kalae.  
 
In the late 1990's, she dreamed of Darrell, and knew it was time for her to teach. She opened Halau Kalae Ma Ka Ipo O Na Hulu Mamo, placing her mother's name (Maka`ipo), and honoring all her kumu as the feathers in her lei (na hulu mamo).
 
A sought-after musician with a beautiful voice, she has played for Chinky Mahoe's award-winning Halau Hula `O Kawaili`ula for many years, travelling the world. She has also been with the Aloha Boat Days show for 8 years.
 
Kalae's name is the first one mentioned when you want a ti-leaf skirt maker. You see her skirts regularly in hula shows and competitions everywhere, including Merrie Monarch. Skirts made with her techniques are beautifully formed, move well, last a long time and will not become loose. Our conferees are very fortunate to learn the art of ti-leaf skirt construction from the best.
 
 
April Chock
Halau O Apelila
 
April “Apelila” Chock has been teaching hula for over thirty years in Honolulu. She was a student of hula master Maiki Aiu Lake, as a member of Halau Hula O Maiki from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, often teaching some of the classes herself in the later years. As a young dancer, she was featured in many of Aunty Maiki’s showcases, under the affectionate nickname of “Baby.” One memorable performance was the celebration at Honolulu International Airport, after Pan American Airlines’ inaugural pan-Pacific flight landed on the runway. April danced on the wing of the famed airplane, welcoming in the era of air flight to Hawai`i. April was also the first to premiere the hula to “Pua Ahihi,” with Maiki Aiu, and is associated with it to this day.
 
April formed her own halau, Halau O Apelila, in the 1970’s, teaching in her home. Having taken time off to get married and raise a family, she had not completed her hula studies through to graduation with Aunty Maiki – who consoled April with the hula dictum, “Family First.” After Aunty Maiki passed away, April was fortunate to resume her hula with Mae Kamamalu Klein, and eventually made `uniki (formal hula graduation to kumu hula) under that respected kumu hula.
 
A popular escort for Germaine’s Lu`au, April sees to it that every guest gets a good taste of Hawaiian culture, playing `ukulele and singing for them on the tour bus. She is a talented singer, and when her dancers perform, she accompanies them herself with her beautiful voice and lively playing. The Hawai`i State Department of Education has selected April as one of their kupuna (elders), teaching Hawaiian culture for many years to new generations of Hawai`i’s children in elementary schools.
 
In addition to Halau O Apelila, April has taught hula for many years at the Mo`ili`ili Community Center, introducing young and old to the delights of hula. A natural and patient teacher, she enables all to feel welcome to her beloved Hawaiian dance.
 
 
Momi Cruz-Losano     
Halau Hula Namakahonuakapiliwale
 
Namakahonuakapiliwale, “the eyes of the turtle on Kapiliwale,” is the name of the hula halau for which Momi Cruz-Losano is kumu hula.  The halau was named by its first kumu hula, Palani Kahala, and was founded since April 1989.
 
As a child, Palani remembered his mother, Kapiliwale, looking out their kitchen window at Kahana Bay, saying, “The honu has his eye on me again.”  The honu or sea turtle was the family aumakua (guardian spirit) and turtles nested there.  Palani put that memory in the name of his halau.
 
The halau has participated in competitions such as the Queen Lili`uokalani Hula Competition, the King Kalakaua Invitational, The Kamehameha Day competition, the Maui solo competition and the Hula `Oni E competition. They have also performed at places such as the Honolulu Marathon, Waikiki Hotels, Prince Lot Hula Festival, the Hula Bowl, The Moloka`i Ka Hula Piko, Disneyland,  The Smithsonian Institute and the U. S. Capital Rotunda in Washington, D.C.
 
Momi began her hula training informally, to pass time as a Haleiwa canoe paddler waiting for her turn in the canoe.  In 1980 she began five years of training under Pi`ilani Lua Plemer at Waimea Falls Park.  In 1985, she began studying under Palani “Kimona” Kahala.  In 1991, Palani told her that she was ready to become kumu hula.  Before a formal uniki (graduation ceremony) could take place, kumu gave Momi his blessing to open her halau, and, soon after, he passed away.
 
When he died, Kapiliwale said, “Keep the name alive, keep his chants and dances alive.”  Momi kept the precious halau name and “We have continued to dance and chant his compositions, along with the traditional dances he taught us.”
 
Married, with two young children, Momi works at Alternative Structures International, which provides transitional housing for homeless or at-risk families.
 
 
Ainsley Halemanu
Halau Ka Liko O Ka Palai
 
A hula teacher for 37 years, Ainsley received his hula training from four hula masters and seven hula teachers, and also learned Tahitian, Maori and Samoan dance.  He has taught in Hawai`i, on the U.S. Mainland, in Japan and even the Panama Canal Zone.  He currently has halau in Japan, as well his Hawai`i halau, Ka Liko O Kapalai.  A noted performer, singer and emcee, Ainsley has entertained for over 40 years in Hawai`i, U.S. Mainland, Canada, Central and South America, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Jamaica, Africa, Norway, Denmark and England. 
 
In his entertainment and hula career, he has been mentored by and performed with all the Hawaiian greats, including Pauline Kekahuna, Vicki I`i Rodrigues, Louise & Luka Kaleiki, Leilani Mendes, Kekua & Kalani Fernandes, Puanani & Leilani Alama, Sol Bright, Rose Joshua, Alicia Smith, Darrell Lupenui, Bill Ali`iloa Lincoln, and many more.
 
He provided the house music for Merrie Monarch Hula Festival for 27 years, and has taken his halau to the Kalakaua Festival, Kupuna Festival, Ia `Oe E Ka La Hula Competition, and has been a hula judge for the World Invitational Hula Festival and Northwest Hula Competition. 
 
This master chanter, dancer and teacher is also knowledgeable in the use of Hawaiian plants for healing, lei-making and decoration.  He has taught lei-making and floral design all over Hawaii, and is in demand for private instruction in this difficult art form. He has been a mentor to many young musicians, who are now established in the entertainment business, and plays every Hawaiian instrument himself:  ukulele, guitar and bass fiddle.  Ainsley is truly a master of all things Hawaiian, to which he brings strict standards, a sense of humor, and an abundance of aloha.
 
 
Kapi`olani Ha`o
Halau Ke Kia`i A`o Hula
 
Kapi`olani started learning hula at a very young age at Palama Settlement on O`ahu.  She continued her training with Tiare Clifford and then Ulalia Berman, a graduate of Aunty Maiki Aiu, at Kalihi Palama Culture & Arts and later, Aunty Mary Cash.  Then she began to dance for the most influential kumu hula in her life, her uncle Master Kumu Hula George Na`ope.  Uncle George graduated Kapi`olani with her Kumu Palapala and she was given the responsibility of sharing what she had been taught.  However, he reminded her that “A`ohe pau ka `ike I ka halau ho`okahi” – “Wisdom is not found in just one school.”  To this day, Kapi`olani considers herself a student of hula and continues learning.
 
She has studied further with Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Aunty Hu`I Park. After Aunty Hu`I passed on, Kapi`olani started her own halau in 1992, Halau Ke Kia`i A`o Hula, “Guardians of the Dance,” named by her Uncle George Na`ope.  A family-based halau, Halau Ke Kia`i features Kapi`olani`s sisters, sons, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, as well as opening their doors to others.
They have entered and won in many competitions, including the World Invitational Hula Festival, the Kalakaua hula competition in Kona, Kau I Ka Hano in Las Vegas, and the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.
 
 
Leimomi Ho
Keali`ika`apunihonua Ke`ena A O Hula
 
Leimomi Ho continues the hula tradition of her hanai mama, Aunty Vicki I`i Rodrigues. Leimomi and her halau have won countless awards in such competitions as Merrie Monarch, King Kamehameha, Hula Oni E and Ia `Oe E Ka La. Leimomi also teaches hula at Kapi`olani Community College in Honolulu, and has been a Merrie Monarch hula judge.
 
 
Calvin Hoe
Master Implement Maker
 
Calvin Hoe is Hawaii`s premier native instrument artisan, making authentic pre-contact Hawaiian instruments since 1961, providing musicians, scholars and hula practitioners with his highly valued creations.  He is the co-founder of Hakipu`u Learning Center, a Hawaiian based public charter school.  Long committed to teaching Hawaii`s children, Calvin has worked at Kamehameha Schools, Queen Lili`uokalani Children`s Center and Bishop Museum.  He became a full-time maker of pre-European contact Hawaiian instruments in 1972, continuing until the charter school began in 2001.  He now works with the students making instruments.
 
Calvin`s part-Hawaiian ancestry comes from his mother, whose family owned land for generations in Hakipu`u on O`ahu`s windward side.  A long-time community activist, Calvin and his wife Charlene worked successfully to preserve the water rights and keep development out of neighboring Waiahole and Waikane Valleys, because valuable water, like the streams of Hakipu`u, was being diverted for use in Central and Leeward Oahu agricultural fields.
 
Charlene and Calvin met in Minnesota, Charlene`s home state, when both attended Macalester College, a liberal arts school emphasizing community service.  After marrying in 1968, the Hoe`s entered the Peace Corps, teaching in Micronesia.  They returned to Hawaii in 1970.  Calvin spent the next two years teaching at Kamehameha School, but found he preferred hands-on teaching outdoors to textbook teaching indoors.  That is when Calvin began making ancient Hawaiian instruments, a nearly lost art.
 
As an important cultural resource, Calvin has been invited to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. on two occasions to demonstrate his art, and he is one of the few allowed into the archival recesses of museums with ancient Hawaiian instruments to touch and examine the artifacts.  He has traveled the world sharing his knowledge and we are privileged to have him with us, teaching the making and playing of the Ohe Hano `Ihu, Hawaiian nose flute.
 
Dodie Holmes, Kumu Hula, with
John Wai`ale`ale `Aiwohi, Kumu Hula
 
In 1969, Dodie Holmes was invited by Maiki Aiu Lake to dance hula with Hula Halau O Maiki.  Dodie performed for several years and also worked as backstage kokua (manager) with this halau, and was later asked to teach hula `auana.  She later began her own halau, and has been teaching hula `auana to women since 1979.  Dodie continues to instruct her dancers using Aunty Maiki`s simple yet elegant style, and upholds her philosophy of incorporating everyday life into the hula.  Dodie formally 'uniki from Pohai Souza in August 2008, and now carries the title of kumu hula.
 
John Wai`ale`ale `Aiwohi was raised in a family of hula dancers and Hawaiian musicians.  His interest in hula began in 1994, and after dancing for several years was invited to join Lei Hulu Hula School under the instruction of Kimo Alama Keaulana.  At the same time, Wai`ale`ale began his training to be a kumu hula, and was `uniki (graduated) by Kalani Akana in 2003.  Wai`ale`ale believes that his duty and obligation is to perpetuate traditional hula.
 
Dodie Holmes has been helping Wai`ale`ale on his journey in the hula since 2002.  Wai`ale`ale continues to meet regularly with Dodie in order to learn the hulas and teaching methods of Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake.  In Aunty Maiki`s words, “Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance, expressing all we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.”
 
 
Hula Preservation Society

Hula Preservation Society (HPS) is dedicated to documenting and sharing the amazing life stories of our eldest living Hula Masters and their efforts to perpetuate hula, so their legacies live on to inspire and educate generations to come in the authentic culture of Hawai`i.

Much of hula kahiko, ancient hula, and its accompanying practices were lost during the 1800's, a time of unprecedented change. Elders now in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s are the last direct link to their grandparents who lived during the time of the Hawaiian Kingdom and were first-hand witnesses to the traditional hula of our ancestors.

HPS conducts one-on-one oral histories and presents public panel discussions with beloved hula elders. As of 2008, it has worked with more than 40 elders and held a dozen public programs on three islands, resulting in over 1,000 hours of irreplaceable documentation. Sessions are recorded on digital video, capturing nuanced voices and gestures as these experts share cultural gems, distinctive insights, and words of wisdom through hula. HPS also digitizes and catalogues historic materials given to HPS by the elders themselves.

Combined, these resources represent a significant digital cultural library to be shared through traditional media avenues, and innovative means such as their website http://www.hulapreservation.org, which receives 200,000 hits from around the world each month. As the only non-profit organization dedicated to this work, such online activity is validation that today’s hula community is truly global and that HPS’ work builds and maintains connections to Hawai`i, the hula piko, or source of hula. 

We are proud to be able to include HPS presentations in our seminar series.

Tiare Noelani Ka`aina (Chang)
Halau Na Mamo O Ka`ala
 
Kumu Noelani started Halau in 1995 in her backyard for the purpose of teaching young girls hula for church performances. Soon after the Halau was established by Uncle Roland Chang and Kumu Hula Tiare Noelani Chang, for the purpose of reaching the community, and teaching the Culture of Hawaii to the youth of Wai`anae. Kumu was Uniki from Aunty Mahilani Poepoe in May of 1985, the same year the Halau was established.

Halau Na Mamo O Ka`ala is located on the Wai`anae Coast of the island of O`ahu. The members of Halau range in age from 4 to 65. Halau members are Kane(male) and Wahine(female) and learn both the Kahiko (ancient) hula, as well as the Auana(modern) hula. Hula Protocol is taught and practiced, and the legends and history of the hulas that are learned are taught as a way of further enlightening the haumana (students) as to what they are dancing about. Members of Halau participate in many community activities, and cultural events. The students also have the opportunity to perform at various venues in Hawaii and overseas, in a effort of spreading the culture, and sharing the "aloha" spirit.
 
Kulaniakea (Lani Girl) Kaleiki-AhLo
Ilima Hula Studio
 
Ilima Hula Studio was founded in 1957 by Lani’s mother Louise Kahili’okalnai Kaleiki, and her Dottie Ortiz on the downstairs lanai of the Kaleiki family home in Papakolea, a Hawaiian homestead community on O`ahu. Louise was also a musician and recording artist. She recorded with Aunty Emma Kamaka, Sonny Chillingsworth, Vicky I’i Rodrigues, Pauline Kekahuna, Peter Mendiola, Herbert Hanawahine and Joe Kane, to name a few.
 
In the early 60’s, Louise was asked by hula master George Na’ope to teach some of his dancers. He began traveling around the world, as the grand Ambassador of Hula, and could not keep up with the demands of teaching at home in Hawaii. Louise learned her hula from him, as well as hula masters Uncle Henry Pa and Joseph Kahaulelio. There were other kumu that also influenced her, but these were the foundations. In 1962 Louise’s youngest sister, Luka, was asked to help with teaching. Over time, the Kaleiki sisters and their Ilima Hula Studio, gained worldwide fame as teachers of traditional Hawaiian hula, in addition to Polynesian dances, which were not commonly taught at the time. Today, the tradition continues, as Lani teaches Hula, Tahitian, Drumming, and Samoan Knife (Nifa Oti).
 
In the late 60’s her mother Louise and aunt Luka began teaching Japanese students. Today two of these original students have well established Hula Halau in Japan.
 
 In 1978 Louise passed away, in 1983 Luka passed away, and Lani was the sole heir of their legacy. With the encouragement of na kumu hula Uncle George Na’ope, Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewitt, Aloha Dalire, Kalani Pomaihealani, Kimo Alama Keaulana, Buzzy Histo and countless family and friends, Lani continues what Louise and Luka began, a dance tradition with style, elegance and great respect for the hula, Ilima Hula Studio.
 
 
Iwalani Kalima
Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani E
 
Iwalani Kalima is the Kumu Hula of Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani E.  She was born in Hilo and raised in the beautiful homestead area of Keaukaha.  For over 36 years, she has studied under the late renowned hula master George Lanakilakeikiahiali`i Na`ope. She received her kumu palapala in 1982.  Iwalani continues her ambition to share her life experiences with people that want to learn about hula, Hawaiian culture and its arts.
 
Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani E was founded in 1986 to coordinate cultural education programs that benefit the community of Hawai`i. The Halau is a membership organization whose mission is to keep Hawaiian culture alive by fostering and encouraging a deep appreciation of Hawaiian cultural arts from generation to generation, encompassing many aspects of this cultural lifestyle but with a particular focus on music and hula.  Students in the halau range from age 3 to 63 and are taught all aspects of the hula tradition including practicing traditional Hawaiian values.
 
In 2004 Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani E incorporated as a non-profit organization. Significant accomplishments to date include coordination and choreography of the annual He Halia Aloha Lili`uokalani Festival in Hilo, and the `Iolani Luahine Hula Festival held annually in Kailua-Kona.  
 
Colsen "Ina" Kanei
Halau Kawaianuhealehua
 
Colsen "Ina" Kaluawaipakui Kanei began dancing hula with Kaha'i Topolinski. As a high school senior, he danced with Michael DelaCruz and Na 'Opio O Ko'olau, learning a variety of Polynesian dances. Michael was very strict in his teaching, and under his tutelage Colsen was able to dance in Hokkaido Japan, Taiwan and other places throughout the world.
   
In 1985, Colsen joined kumu hula Chinky Mahoe and Halau Hula O Kawaili'ula, known for flair and precision. With them, Colsen competed in the Merrie Monarch Festival. The pride he felt while dancing kept him in the halau for eleven more years. Chinky stressed endurance and strength: everyone in his halau walked away with "hula legs." As Colsen says, “I owe my competitive attitude and showmanship to the years I spent dancing with Chinky.”
 
Colsen joined the Papa Kumu Hula class in Waimanalo with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, in 1998. Since then, says Colsen, “he has been my grounding force, spiritual guide and inspiration.” Colsen was given 'Uniki (graduation) with Kumu Hewett’s Papa Lehua class in 2007 at Ka Hale Lehua in Ola'a, Hawai'i.
   
In 1997, Colsen had opened his own halau in Manoa, O'ahu. Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett blessed and named it Kawaianuhealehua. Colsen declares that “just as it was passed down to me, I want all of my students of Kawaianuhealehua to experience everything hula has to offer -- knowledge, pride, and glory.”
 
Colsen’s core belief is that commitment is essential in dancing hula. Most important in hula is “upholding the respect of our ancestors, remembering who we are, where we've come from -- and never giving up when things get tough.”

 
Ku`ualohanui Kauli`a
Ka Pa Ku Kaiaulu
 
Ku`ualohanui Kauli`a, or Ku`u, as he is affectionately called, was first inspired by the late, great Hula Master Iolani Luahine, in a 1973 dance performance at Nanaikapono Elementary School with Aunty Hoakalei Kamauu. . Seeing her triggered a desire in him to learn what it is to be “Hawaiian.”
 
After becoming fluent in the Hawaiian language, Ku`u began a journey of learning the hula, initially from Leialoha Kamakawiwoole. In time he continued his learnings from Hoku Rasmussen, Lydia and Moon Kauakahi, Kalani Akana, Kimo Alama Keaulana, and Hula Loea George Holokai. He also learned hula informally from Aunty Hoakalei Kamau`u, `Ihi`ihilauakea Lupenui and John Ka`imikaua as well.
 
Ku`u first taught hula in 1988 while teaching in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Waiau Elementary School. In June of 1995, he officially opened Ka Pa Ku Kaiaulu, a school of Hawaiian culture and dance.  He has taken the halau to many performances and competitions, where they have done well.
 
His work with the Queen Lili`uokalani Children`s Center, from 2000 to 2003, allowed him to extend his cultural teachings to destitute and orphaned Hawaiian youth.  Then he moved to Maui to become the Hawaiian Protocol Facilitator for the Kamehameha Schools Maui campus, also teaching Hawaiian language, chant, and dance there.  Today he serves as an overall Cultural Specialist with the Kamehameha Schools on O`ahu.  Ku`u is also an accomplished chanter, singer and performer, as well as composer of songs and chants.
 
He believes it is important for hula students to know the other components of the Hawaiian culture, while learning the fundaments of the dance. He says, "Many of the lessons we learn in hula are not only applicable in our cultural surroundings but in life, as well."
 
Ku`u has worked with groups, organizations, and halau throughout the Continental US and Japan. He continues to do workshops and presentations on various Hawaiian cultural aspects and enjoys taking students on cultural exchanges with other native groups, such as those in Autearoa (New Zealand). 
 
Nalani Keale
Halau Kaulakahi
 

Kumu Hula Nalani Keale is a Hawaiian educator, dancer, and actor from O`ahu, Hawaii. He is the son of award-winning `ukulele master, singer and recording artist Moe Keale and Kumu Hula Patricia Andrade Keale.  Reared in Palolo Valley, he began dancing hula at the age of 3 under the direction of his mother.  He continued his hula education with na kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, Lydia Kauakahi, Darrell Lupenui and Charles Ka`upu.  Nalani followed in his parents’ footsteps, performing along with his father in numerous Waikiki venues.  He was a featured dancer at the Moana Surfrider Hotel, Duke's Waikiki Restaurant, and the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. 

Kumu Hula Nalani Keale began his teaching career in multiple Hawai`i elementary schools and high schools. In 1995, he began volunteering at the Waikiki Community Center, where he continues today teaching hula to visitors and kama`aina. 

In 1994, Nalani reopened his mother’s hula studio under the name Halau Kaulakahi. His love and dedication for the Hawaiian culture have allowed him to share his culture abroad, founding halau hula in Germany andJapan.

 
 
Kimo Alama Keaulana 
Lei Hulu Hula Studio
 
An 8th generation professional musician, dancer, chanter, teacher, composer and entertainer, Kimo Alama Keaulana is a respected authority on ancient and modern hula and music.  His foundation came from the late Mrs. Adeline Nani Maunupau Lee.  Under her tutelage, he learned drumming, strumming, chanting, singing and dancing.  He learned quickly and well.
 
A prodigy with a haunting voice, he began performing at an early age, singing first on live radio (KGU) on the popular Playground Quarter Hour.  At 17, he won both 1st and 3rd Places in the City`s Hawaiian Song Writing Contest.  He chanted at Mauna`ala Royal Mausoleum and Lunalilo`s Crypt and, while attending Kemahemaha Schools, at their ceremonial functions.  Adeline Lee gave Kimo his first hula class to lead when he was just 16, and he has been teaching ever since.  He has guest-taught at many hula studios, and his workshops are sell-outs. 
 
Kimo has musically accompanied a list of distinguished hula troupes and has been a judge at major hula competitions, including the Merrie Monarch Festival and Queen Lili`uokalani Hula Competition.  He has also lectured at conferences in Hawai`i and Japan, and at the Bishop Museum.
 
Over the years, Kimo has performed at various Waikiki hotels, and was featured in Kealoha Kalama`s Revue, Tihati`s Bora Bora E` at Don the Beachcomber`s, Faleniko`s Polynesian Revue, and Chuck Machado`s Luau.  With his group, Lei Hulu, he has played all the popular Hawaiian nightclubs, including the Shindig Bar, Midway Bar, Pumehana`s Lounge, and the famed Pohaku`s Bar and occasionally now at the Makaha Resort.
 
A noted musicologist, Kimo gave the Bishop Museum its “most used collection,” the “Kimo Alama Keaulana Mele Collection,” a rich source for researchers.  He currently teaches Hawaiian language, music, dance and poetry, both ancient and modern, at the collegiate and university level.
 
Known for his warmth, humor, deep knowledge, captivating laugh, wicked `ukulele strum and sweet angel voice, Kimo Alama Keaulana is proof that hula in all its many forms is thriving
 
 
Mike Kop
Hula Supply Center
Implement Maker and Teacher
 
Mike Kop intended to make his career in marketing, and graduated from the University of Hawai`i in 1972 with that degree in hand.  In the end, however, he followed his father`s passion and took over the family business, Hula Supply Center.  His dad simply asked him to experience the work first-hand, and Mike found that he enjoyed it.  Loving your work is the key to success, and Mike is passionate about perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through this business and his hula life.  He is grateful for the blessing to be born and raised in Hawai`i, and be able to share its rich artistic heritage, as an implement maker and teacher, and as a source for "all things hula" to the wide hula community.
 
Mike learned to make hula implements from the age of four.  He understood the family commitment to provide much needed tools for the hula community.  He watched his sister go to hula classes, and then later he was asked to join Robert Cazimero`s new halau in the 1970`s.
 
After 61 years on King Street in Honolulu, Hula Supply Center could not pass up the invitation also to be in Waikiki.  April 2007 marked the opening of a second location "MANA HAWAI`I -- the Spirit of Hawai`i Nei".  There, Mike is happily near the ocean and each Sunday he shares the stories of hula, and the use of hula implements.  Mike`s classes are a joy to him and his students, as the love of hula brings them together.  When you make your own implement, as you can in Mike`s `uli`uli (rattling gourd) workshop, you will experience the details and hard work that goes into every implement – and you will have fun, too!
 
























 
Ku`uipo Kumukahi
Halau Hawai`i, Recording Artist
 
Kuuipo Kumukahi is one of Hawai`i`s top entertainers, well-loved for her slack-key guitar and soothing vocal stylings.  She has recorded 5 CDs in Hawai`i, and some in Japan.  She has won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including for Haku Mele (Song-Writing), Hawaiian Language Performance, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Most Promising Artist, twice Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Traditional Hawaiian Album from the Hawaii Music Awards.
 
Kuuipo is the 5th generation living on Hawaiian land granted by the royal patent of Kamehameha III.  Her father was a manaleo (native Hawaiian speaker).  From childhood, Kuuipo was exposed to a fusion of Hawaiian and contemporary life.  Inspired by family parties, and the music of The Halekulani Girls, Marlene Sai, Genoa Keawe and Haunani Kahalewai, Kuuipo decided to sing and play Hawaiian music.  She taught herself to play the `ukulele at the age of 8, then the guitar and bass, and the Hawaiian slack-key style of guitar playing.  Kuuipo is now considered one of Hawai`i`s finest slack-key players.
 
She is a hula student of Kumu Hula Karen Ka`ohulani Aiu, in ho`opa`a training (chant and drumming to accompany dancers).  This delights Kuuipo because it is the ancient form of what she already does as a musician and singer.
 
Kuuipo currently serves on the board of the Hawai`i Academy of Recording Arts and is the director of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders. She is a co-founder of the Maiki Aiu Foundation, a teacher in Hālau Hawai`i, and is a record producer for the label Ke`aloha, Ululani Records & Ululani Media, and produces the biennial Mali`o Concerts. She has judged various music competitions, including as the overall judge for the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest.  Fluent in Hawaiian, she narrated the Hawaiian language version of Hawai`i Public Television`s noted Biography Series documentary on Princess Ruth Ke`elikolani.

 
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